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Graffiti Artist Tags Highway With Image Of Donald Trump Looking A Lot Like Hitler

| by Robert Fowler
Graffiti depicting Donald Trump as Adolf HitlerGraffiti depicting Donald Trump as Adolf Hitler

One artist in Atlanta, Georgia, clearly thinks Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump bears a resemblance to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.

Two instances of graffiti were spotted across busy roads in Atlanta on Dec. 9, both depicting Trump as a Nazi, CBS 46 reported. The presidential candidate has been accused of fascism and xenophobia after he proposed a ban on all Muslims from entering the U.S. on Dec. 7.

The graffiti art captures Trump’s likeness but with some unflattering artistic flourishes. Sporting the unmistakable mustache associated with Hitler, the business mogul’s likeness is framed by the Nazi flag, complete with a swastika. Capping off the piece is a bowtie made out of a $100 bill around Trump’s neck, a pointed jab at the candidate’s vast wealth.

The graffiti was tagged on two columns under overpasses, where they could be viewed by passing cars. Local police said that the artwork posed a risk to public safety because they could distract drivers who were already driving on high-speed roads, CBS 46 reports.

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Police scraped away the graffiti but not before pictures were taken to preserve one anonymous graffiti artist’s statement about the current Republican front-runner. Authorities said that they would review nearby security footage to identify whomever was responsible for the graffiti.

Trump has dismissed criticisms that his policy proposals — such as mass deportations of undocumented immigrants, the building of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, and a ban on Muslims entering the U.S. — have undertones of hate speech and fascism.

When asked by ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos on Dec. 8 if he was concerned by “increasingly being compared to Hitler,” Trump said no.

“No, because what I’m doing is no different than FDR,” said Trump, referencing America’s president during World War II, Franklin D. Roosevelt.

“This is a president who is highly respected by all," Trump added. "He did the same thing.”

The Roosevelt administration rounded up Japanese-Americans and placed them in internment camps while the country was at war with the Empire of Japan. Trump denied wanting to put Muslims in internment camps, but he did cite several of Roosevelt's motions regarding Japanese-Americans.

While Trump may not be sweating his critics’ accusation that he is a 21st Century Hitler, he does have a worrisome fan: Andrew Anglin, who runs the neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer, the Huffington Post reports.

In an article titled “Glorious Leader Calls for Complete Ban on All Moslems,” Anglin writes, “Heil Donald Trump - The Ultimate Savior… make America White again!”

Sources: ABC News, CBS 46, Huffington Post / Photo Credit: John Spink/The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, CBS 46